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Android is under threat because of patent wars, says Google

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Gaining a lot of popularity and even becoming the number mobile platform in the world, Android is said to be under attack from all sides, said one of Google’s legal experts. Off course the threat is pointed towards Apple and Microsoft.

David Drummond, SVP and chief legal officer says, “I have worked in the tech sector for over two decades. Microsoft and Apple have always been at each other’s throats, so when they get into bed together you have to start wondering what’s going on.”

True, as they say when enemies unite, it can be much more brutal.

He further added that “Android was becoming more and more popular and winning more and more users, however he added that its successes were being tarnished. Android’s success has yielded something else: a hostile, organized campaign against Android by Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and other companies, waged through bogus patents. They’re doing this by banding together to acquire Novell’s old patents (the ‘CPTN’ group including Microsoft and Apple) and Nortel’s old patents (the ‘Rockstar’ group including Microsoft and Apple), to make sure Google didn’t get them.”

“Patents were meant to encourage innovation, but lately they are being used as a weapon to stop it.”

Now I agree and truly love the above point made by Drummond. Legal atrocities have taken a toll and the wars have gone from bad to worse. A healthy competition is acceptable, but using legal actions to humiliate the companies in front of public is a nuisance.

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